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DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy
Elisha Harris

DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy

The year was 1933. The men sported their suspenders and fedoras, and the women dressed in their fancy flapper attire. It was also the official ending of the very unpopular Prohibition era, and everyone was celebrating and imbibing whatever they could get their hands on.   The Last Speakeasy Every year on the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, the Chicago History Museum hosts the Last Speakeasy where attendees partake in an evening filled with dancing, (fake) gambling...

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DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018
Jamie Handelman

DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018

One of DMC's annual traditions is having an off-site All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) where everyone takes the day off project work to learn, share knowledge, team-build, and spend time together outside of the office. Our ADCMs have taken us everywhere from ice skating in Chicago to roaming historic Boston. These company meetings are a chance for our offices to combine forces as well. This year, Chicago and St. Louis combined for their ADCM as did our offices on the West Coast. Our All Day ...

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LUSH Welcome Party
Maddie Drake

LUSH Welcome Party

After training in Chicago and kicking off my career at DMC by helping out in Reno, I finally made my way back to my home office of Houston. Being back permitted me to have my very own welcome party which every employee at gets. Everyone chooses their own party location and it's a great chance to get to know more people at DMC. I thought, what better activity to do to bond with an office full of men than to make bath bombs at my favorite cruelty-free, vegan-friendly cosmetic...

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Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC
Erlis Kllogjri

Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC

One of the many perks of joining DMC is that whenever new employees come onboard, welcome parties are planned to celebrate the occasion. David Wylen and I chose to have our welcome party be a cocktail making class at the Chicago Distilling Company. The event proved to be more informative than expected, but as much fun as we hoped. It then dawned on me, with the help of a Russian mule, that the process of making a cocktail is an excellent analogy to the process I underwent when I joined DMC. P...

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DMC is Expanding to Dallas
Ryan Landwehr

DMC is Expanding to Dallas

DMC is proud to announce that we're expanding to Dallas! Just a four-hour drive from our Houston office, the new Dallas location will help strengthen DMC's presence in the booming economic regions of North Texas and Oklahoma. While we are targeting Summer 2019 for the official opening, we're actively supporting current customers from our Houston office and building new relationships in the area. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the new DMC Dallas tea...

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DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity
Edmund Sales

DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity

In October, DMC Chicago said goodbye our desks and hello to a build site as we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to assist in building more affordable housing for people in need. Decent, affordable housing opportunities matter for our Chicago neighbors and Habitat for Humanity not only aids in building the homes, but they contribute to the purchase of the house and help with education on home maintenance and financial management. This is why nine of our employees bundled up on a bliste...

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Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks
Katherine Czaplicki

Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks

When using Telerik to graph in .NET, there are some tips and tricks to remember. Refer to Using Telerik to Create Multi-Series Plots in .NET for the basis of this blog. Populate Your Chart with Data – Series Provider In Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots in .NET, you saw an example of how to add data to a chart using a series. This was easy to do, but included a lot of repetition if you needed multiple items to be plotted. To make this easier and more extensible, we c...

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Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018
Robert Viramontes

Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018

In October, DMC New York took celebrated the fall weather by heading up to the Hudson Valley. DMCers near and far traveled to New York to enjoy autumnal activities and taking a break from city life. We headed out of NYC on Friday afternoon for a weekend of fun fall activities. What is a YOE anyway? The YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is when each office hosts a weekend of fun annually. In Denver, we usually go skiing. In Boston, we typically hit the Cape. The YOE is a wonderful way for employ...

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Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots In .NET
Katherine Czaplicki

Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots In .NET

Telerik is a tool built for creating UI frameworks in a variety of platforms. I recently developed a .NET application at DMC which used Telerik’s WPF tools for graphing live data to the user interface. This blog will walk you through the creation of the graph below. Refer to Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks for more best practices.  Recommendations Start populating your graph with dummy data that you have hard coded! It will make debug...

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Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party
Andrew Mahler

Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party

Starting at DMC As I started working at DMC, I was immediately amazed by the company culture. The company introduced me to the kitchen full of free food and drinks, I have already been to multiple happy hours as well as a welcome party, and I got the chance to plan out my welcome party that took place a few weeks ago. Moving to Chicago As a new member of the Chicago community, I figured I have to explore the area and familiarize myself with my new surroundings. There is so much to see a...

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DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms
Kevin Best

DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms

What happens when a bunch of people who solve problems, aka puzzles, for a living go to an escape room? For my welcome party, we decided to find out! After pizza and happy hour at the office, the DMC Denver crew walked over to Puzzah! Escape Rooms to put our puzzle solving skills to the test. When we arrived, we split into three groups, and the Puzzah! staff read us the rules of the game: no unplugging wires, breaking down doors, or forcibly removing things from the walls. All the u...

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DMC To Present at PCC Oktoberfest
Nick Shea

DMC To Present at PCC Oktoberfest

DMC is excited to present two presentations at the PCC Okterberfest: Tap Into Technology event taking place on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend, WI. Expect a day of seminars, workshops, a technology automation fair, hands-on product stations, and one-on-one discussions with experts.  Be sure to stop by the DMC booth and check out our DrinkBot demo! Also, don't miss out on presentations from DMC'...

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SAFECONF Tutorial: Programming a TRISAFE-S Device
Becca Stussman

SAFECONF Tutorial: Programming a TRISAFE-S Device

Want to use SAFECONF to program your TRISAFE-S Phoenix Contact Safety Module? Luckily, this free software (available to registered users here), is intuitive and easy to use for even beginner automation programmers. Below is a guide to performing some key tasks using the software. In order to make this Tutorial easer to navigate, I've included quick links below to jump straight to your topic of interest: Create a New Project Create your Password Configure your I/O Redundant...

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DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water

This year, the DMC Chicago office decided to keep things local and hosted our third annual Yearly Office Event (YOE) right here in the Windy City. Since most of us have already experienced most of the typical Chicago experiences, we decided to branch out a little and try some not-so-typical Chi-town activities. What is a YOE? First off, a YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is a fun weekend for employees from every office to gather at a specific DMC location. The event is partially sponsored...

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Employee Onboarding and Offboarding in SharePoint
Dan Mitchell

Employee Onboarding and Offboarding in SharePoint

In our work with various organizations, DMC’s Digital Workplace Solutions team has found that many organizations have no formal onboarding process in place. Without an organized system, it is easy for key onboarding tasks to fall through the cracks resulting in employees arriving on their first day unable to begin working. Beyond the lost productivity of the new employee, a mismanaged onboarding process can cause frustration across departments, damage the employer’s brand, and hav...

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Defying Gravity and Going Skydiving in Reno
Kevin Service

Defying Gravity and Going Skydiving in Reno

Like every child growing up, I admired airplanes soaring through the sky. They seemed not only majestic but proof of man’s infallible ingenuity and perseverance. The Wright Brothers showed the world we simply had to push the limits with an incredible feat of engineering and determination. I had the same gut reaction anyone else would have: “Man, it’d be fun to jump out of one of those and hurtle towards the ground at 125 miles per hour!”  From Slack to the Skies ...

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Siemens HMI Toolbox: PDF View
Emily Shanker

Siemens HMI Toolbox: PDF View

Each post in the Siemens HMI Toolbox series highlights a native HMI object in the Siemens WinCC Comfort, Advanced, or Professional environments. It is our goal to help users become more familiar with HMI development by sharing some of our best practices and the useful tools we have learned. This post focuses on the PDF view control object. Overview: The PDF view object allows you to display PDF documents in your HMI runtime application. This can be an incredibly powerful tool in applica...

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Bowlin' to Dodgeballin': DMC Chicago 2018 Sports Leagues
Amy Costello

Bowlin' to Dodgeballin': DMC Chicago 2018 Sports Leagues

Who doesn't love a little friendly competition with coworkers? DMCers have participated in a variety of sports leagues over the years, from beach volleyball in Chicago to kickball in NYC. There's no shortage of opportunities for us to bond outside of the office, but nothing compares to that feeling of teaming up for something other than that engineering project you're making things happen on.  Chicago Competition DMC Chicago's colleagues have kept busy teaming up ...

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An Intern's Guide to Surviving a DMC Summer
Anna Jankovsky

An Intern's Guide to Surviving a DMC Summer

Three months ago, I got a call while walking home from class in the last few weeks of the Spring semester. Immediately upon seeing the Chicago area code, I knew that this was the moment I had been waiting for—the decision from DMC for a marketing internship that coming summer! I was so excited to hear Jessica, my new boss, on the other end of the line congratulating me for getting the job. I called my parents to tell them the good news, "I’m moving to Chicago! I got the posit...

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Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?
Becca Stussman

Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?

Conclusion

Although shutting down your PC is a very quick debugging step to address your PXI modules’ connection issues, many PXI users may not be aware of the PXI module to PC connection process, and thus will not know to try this troubleshooting step. Hopefully this blog saves you some time, and helps you along the way to a successful project using the NI PXI chassis!

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